Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is asking for the community to help raise $80,000 virtually. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER

Powder Blast goes virtual

Online funding drive underway for Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

For the first time in 22 years, Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) is having to cancel its most important fundraiser – the Powder Blast. It is an event that annually provides over $100,000 in support to the GNFAC in an effort to assist community members who push to the backcountry.

This comes just as the organization anticipates more people hitting the backcountry in light of changes at ski resorts from COVID-19.

“While we can’t bring the backcountry community together this October to raise money and a pint to winter, we're asking you to join us in spirit by donating to the 2020 Virtual Powder Blast fundraising campaign,” a release stated.

Last year, GNFAC issued over 130 advisories and for the first time in seven years, there was not an avalanche fatality in the GNFAC advisory area.

The goal is to continue that success into the upcoming winter.

These funds provide:

Daily Advisories – which outlines weather forecasts, snowpack, and danger ratings for 8 mountain ranges.

Live Weather Data – to help you plan your backcountry mission.

Photos and Videos – outlining field observations from our advisory area exposing real time conditions.

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